Michael Burton

University of California, Irvine, Department of Anthropology | Professor EmeritusMember since 1964

My Biography

Dr. Burton’s areas of expertise are Education and Human Development; Language and Cognition; Economics and Economic Anthropology; Food, Family, Gender, and Health; the Environment and Research Methods. After receiving a PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University in 1968, Dr. Burton researched concepts of gender, work and social identity; ; measurement methods, education and bilingualism in Yucatan; education and human development in Gikuyu and Maasai societies of Kenya; gender division of labor in food production (1978 to present); energy extraction and development in Navajo (Dine) society, food, family, and health in Palau, Yap, Kosrae, and the Marshall Islands; classification of world regions and their links with language families; food in four Micronesian societies (1987 to present); feminism and the status of men and women; quantitative methods and cross-cultural research methods. Dr. Burton’s first AAA Annual Meeting was in 1967 in DC.